Anthropology, Cultural; Anthropology, Medical; Austria; Europe; European Union; Feminism; Government Agencies; Health Care Sector; Hepatitis C; Infectious Disease Medicine; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement; Pharmaceutical Solutions; Public Health; Social Sciences; Social Welfare; Technology, Pharmaceutical
- Unit Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Head: Ruth Kutalek
Research Area: Research at the Unit focuses on the socio-cultural implications and perceptions of infectious diseases (especially Ebola viral disease, measles, and yellow fever), antimicrobial resistance (AMR), nutritional anthropology (e.g. geophagy), issues of access to health care for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, mental health, representations of human bodies, human-animal-environment interactions, as well as anthropological perspectives in emergency response and humanitarian assistance.
I work at the intersection of science & technology studies (STS), medical anthropology, and critical public health to understand how individuals and particularly marginalized social groups are affected by the cumulative effects of biomedical knowledge production, welfare state politics, and their socio-cultural positions.
I specialize in viral infectious disease research and global public health. My dissertation research is a community-engaged ethnography exploring the lived experiences of patients suffering and cured from Hepatitis C in the context of the Austrian welfare state. I am also a junior researcher (wissenschaftliche Projektmitarbeiterin) in "SoNAR-Global - A Global Social Sciences Network for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance" (EU-Horizon 2020, grant no. 825671) at the Unit Medical Anthropology & Global Health, Medical University of Vienna (www.meduniwien.ac.at/sonar).
Other research projects and interests include: antimicrobial resistance, community-engaged healthcare, organ transplantation, assisted reproductive technologies, mental health & preventive healthcare in elderly
Techniques, methods & infrastructure
Social Science Analyses (qualitative & quantitative), Ethnography, Community-Engaged Ethnography, Interviews, Observations (participatory), Focus Groups, Grounded Theory, Atlas.ti, Situational Analysis
- Jeleff, M. et al., 2019. Vulnerability assessment tools for infectious threats and antimicrobial resistance: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(11), p.e031944. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031944.